Apr 29, 2016
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BLADE
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Magic adventure and battle in: THE MARTYR’S BLADE

By Joel Manners

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE MARTYR’S BLADE is a cohesive and exciting debut novel in the classic sword and sorcery style that starts this promising series.

CROWNING
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Combing through the expansive standards of beauty in: CROWNING GLORY

By Stacy Harshman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spunky twenty-something New Yorker, transplanted from Chicago, has her curiosity piqued by the male attention she receives while wearing a red wig she bought on eBay on a whim.

EDGE
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A mysterious blog reveals freshman secrets in: EDGE THE BARE GARDEN

By Rosanne Cheng

Rating:  star star star star star 

An outcast freshman’s attempt for revenge makes waves when she posts sensitive student information on her blog.

MULE
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Local celebrity and defender of unwitting drug transports, becomes: THE BLIND MULE

By Russell S. Babcock

Rating:  star star star star star 

Well-researched and grounded in legal reality, THE BLIND MULE is intriguing look at the court system through the eyes of an accused.

REX
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A nomadic scavenger teams up with others to battle cyber mutants of a futuristic city in: REX STRAND: SCAVENGER OF THE WASTES

By Jonathan Carreau

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young scavenger navigates a devastated and polluted world on his trusty racing bike, battling mutants and mercenaries along the way, in REX STRAND.

PASSING
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Paths interweave in: SIGNS OF PASSING

By Owen Thomas

Rating:  star star star star star 

SIGNS OF PASSING is a collection of loosely connected short stories, in which Owen Thomas’ eclectic group of characters interact and influence each other in subtle ways, often without knowing it.

IAMED
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Rocking a balance between stardom and brotherly love in: I AM ED

By R.A. Akerlund

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ed Henderson, left in charge of his brothers when their mother dies, leads them to stardom as a rock band.

HEMBRY
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An American in England turns her nose up at aristocratic expectations in: WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLE

By Meredith Allard

Rating:  star star star star star 

A 20-year old, willful American beauty arrives at Hembry Castle with her widowed father, the second son of the 8th Earl of Straton, to begin her resistant acquaintance with Victorian-era England.

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In a sea of guidance books, GIANT KILLERS provides a modern take on an ancient story

By Steve Lawson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Everyone has “giants” in their lives that need slaying—fears, worries, guilt, insecurity, etc.—but those giants can be overcome through self-awareness, combined with God’s grace. The Bible story of David and Goliath has long symbolized how people can overcome seemingly impossible situations to come out ahead. Former pastor and church planter, Steve Lawson uses this story […]

QUESTLOVE
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Tips on achieving the “perfect” relationship in: MY QUEST TO LOVE

By Daniel C. Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

MY QUEST TO LOVE provides practical guidelines on how to achieve the illusive perfect relationship, based on his familiarity with common pitfalls along the way.

CASHCROP
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A mysterious fire leads to murder and marijuana in: MURDER FOR A CASH CROP

By Sue Star

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mysterious fire leaves behind a dead body and a lot of questions for karate instructor Nell Latterly.

HILL
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Atheism and Religion clash in an apocalyptic world in: CITY ON A HILL

By Ted Neill

Rating:  star star star star star 

After the Cataclysm, all religions were made illegal in the twin cities of Lysander and Fortinbras, the only communities to survive the fundamentalist war.

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Adventure and rediscovery of self on the Appalachian Trail in: THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND

By John R. Morris

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author, depressed by a breakup and a meaningless job, starts a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. John Morris and his fiancee had broken up, and his job as a security guard was starting to seem unfulfilling and dull. He found himself more and more tempted by a dream of achieving something really impressive – […]

DEMONS
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Two teens, evil powers and Norse mythology collide in: DEMONS

By Ednah Walters

Rating:  star star star star star 

While an ancient evil works in secret against them, a clairvoyant witch must aid a young god and find her way home from the Norse realm of Hel.

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Contemplations on the relationship between food, love and family in: COOK YOUR WAY TO LOVE & HARMONY

By Agus Ekanurdi and Frida Antony

Rating:  star star star star star 

A first person memoir about the healing properties of home cooking and a strong family life, written from the perspective of a newly married man navigating his relationship and the heart-wrenching difficulties of aging parents.

DARK
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The kidnapping of a college student is just one in a chilling series of events in: IN THE DARK

By Chris Patchell

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mother’s search for her daughter leads to circumstances that go beyond her worst nightmares.

COINMAN
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Social commentary highlighted through a curmudgeon’s antics in: COINMAN

By Pawan Mishra

Rating:  star star star star star 

The anti-hero known as “Coinman” is an irritating co-worker, an inattentive husband, a not-so-dutiful son…yet his apparent lack of love conquers all.

ROOSTER
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Life and Death are found in: THE ROOSTER’S GARDEN

By Olivia A. Cole

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young woman continues her journey from Chicago to California in search of her sister and what might be the last safe place available.

EMERGENCE
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Thirteen separate colonies become a new nation in: THE EMERGENCE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

By Donald J. Fraser

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE EMERGENCE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an informative and engaging read encompassing 184 years, including the events that led to the war of independence, to the writing of the Constitution and official formation of the United States of America.

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Theft, Murder, Betrayal, and Computer Coding come together in: FLASH CRASH

By Denison Hatch

Rating:  star star star star star 

After helping robbers steal gold from his company, a computer nerd must unravel a web of mysteries to clear his name while pursued by a hardboiled detective.

NOTHANDO
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A girl’s trek to a festival becomes a journey to self discovery in: NOTHANDO’S JOURNEY

By Jill Aperson Manly, illustrated by Alyssa casey

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young girl in Swaziland, as her journey to a very important festival turns into one of self-discovery in this beautifully illustrated and dynamic children’s story.

STONES
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Two children solve mysterious legends and suspicious characters: MARTIN MCMILLAN AND THE SACRED STONES

By Elaine Russell

Rating:  star star star star star 

Skateboarding duo Martin McMillan and his best friend Isabel, children of archeologists and historians who travel the world.

Redfall
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A man uses military intelligence background and survivalist skills to uncover a conspiracy in: REDFALL

By Jay J. falconer

Rating:  star star star star star 

As a mysterious red rain falls across the globe, a man at the center of international scorn is the only one who can track down the mastermind behind this worldwide catastrophic event.

BANISHED
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Treasure hunters get entangled with a family mystery in: BANISHED THREADS

By Kaylin McFarren

Rating:  star star star star star 

A dynamic, exciting mystery, BANISHED THREADS hooks readers with the first chapter, and doesn’t let go.